applied when the horse is resting ovemight, can also give relief and aid the ligament repair processes by promoting blood flow.
Dr Keith Phillips, a veterinarian and qualified veterinary chiropractor (www.animalmagnetism.info or (02) 4355 1428) can ‘ovide specific advice and tailor made magnetic rugs to aid recovery of sacro-iliac injuries. RESEARCH ROUND-UP Repeat 4-5 times Lateral movement pattern to strengthen sacro-iliac ligaments to assist recovery and reduce overall risk of sacro-iliac sprain. ftANDyltfNT Controlled exercise, initially with low doses of ‘bute’ and backing horse for 5-6 steps to tension the sacro-iliac ligaments daily for 2-3 weeks, followed by 4-6 weeks ofground pole and lateral exercises, have been shown to be the most helpful in promoting repair and strength of a sacroiliac ligament injury.
Providing a supplement such as Kohnke’s Own Cell-Vital@ or Cell-Vital PREMIUM@ manganese and vitamin E with extra vitamin A, zinc,copper, will help correct low dietary levels of important The evidence is now available – inhalation of cold air into the lungs in pre-dawn early moming fast work-outs causes broncho-constriction, higher airway pressures and an increase in lung inflammatory fluids and mucous due to airway mucosal damage.
Michael Davis and co-workers at Oklahoma State University found that fast working horses, even at the canter, in near-freezing conditions, resulted in lung damage and a possible reduction in the immune response, that persisted for up to 6 weeks after horses were rested.
Ref: Davis, M, Journal of Applied Physiology, Feb 2005.
Editor’s Note: A horse inhales up to 2250 litres of air per minute at all-out speed, at a flow rate of 70 litres per second through highly vascular nasal passages which should ideally heat the air to 23o before it enters the lungs.
Inadequate warn-up exercise and galloping or hobbling horses in the pre-dawn chilly period does not properly heat up the large volumes of air inhaled to prevent lung ‘chill’ and ‘asthmalike’ reaction. (Refer to Season Reminders) nutrients required for ligament repair. SHOEINa TORHIqH STEED E)GRCISE The preparation and shoeing of the hooves has arguably one of the most important influences on the limb soundness of a horse in training.
The extent and expertise in hoof trimming, choice and fitting of shoes can directly affect the stride length, pattem and efficiency of movement of a horse’s limbs.
A properly shod horse should have a functional and biomechanically efficient hoof that ensures maximum resilience of the hoof wall, while supporting high loading forces imposed by fast exercise at maximum speed.
It is often proclaimed that a farrier can make or break a horse.
The old adage ‘no hoof – no horse’ is a time-honoured observation that still applies.
When shoeing a horse, emphasis should be placed on maintaining natural balance, combined with optimum length of toe and correct angulation of the hoof wall relative to the pastern angle.
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